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b5Welcome to the world of the Eagle & Dove

Step into the world of the Eagle and Dove.


For those who have not been here before, 'The Eagle & The Dove' is a story I have been researching and developing for over 20 years. The idea first originated during my travels through Southern France and the mountains of Andalusia in Spain.
Unfortunately, due to family and work commitments, I never seem to find the time to write as much as I would like, but despite all the interruptions, I am finally getting closer to finishing the work.

The Background
The Eagle & Dove is a story of love, loyalty, companionship and bravery, set in Spain and southern Europe in troublesome and dangerous times. Religious persecution of Jews, Gypsies and Muslims by the fanatics of the church left a trail of pain and shame that soiled the name of the God these zealots worshipped.
Gypsies, Eagles, the Spanish Inquisition, soldiers, mercenaries, farmers, lords and ladies are just some of the people you can meet in the world of the Eagle & Dove.
Introduction  Here we are introduced to the region of Spain 'The Guadalquivir' where Legend has it that the story originated.  There is a description of the landscape as it stands today, along with general information concerning the valley and how it came about that I was inspired to write the story of the Eagle & Dove.
Prolouge - The Beginning:  Introduction to one of the main characters and an event that will shape the future.
Part 1: Of those that will be free:  In the first part of the story, we are introduced to the Gpysies, their culture and way of life.  Gradually we come to meet some of the various people who make up this Romany group and discover that they are somehow intertwined with the Eagles.  We also meet the Gypsy child Manana who is to discover the injured Canana, thereby setting in motion the events that destroy a complete way of life.
Part 2:  Of ancient friends and foes: Part 2 is about the 'Great Eagles', what they are, their history in the valley of the Guadalquivir, their habitat, customs and physical make up.  We also get to know the individual eagles that make up the last of the 'Great Eagles' of the valley.
Part 3: Of myth, magic and medicineThis part deals with how the central characters meet and how the relationship develops between the Eagle and the Dove.  It also explains how the eagles and Gypsies are entwined by past events and how the destiny of both is unavoidable.
Part 4: Of the Eagle & Dove: The final part of the book covers the relationship between the Eagle & Dove, the tribulations they face and how a way of life for both Gypsies and Great Eagles is bought to a traumatic end.

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Eagle and Dove - The Beginning:

ac5The Beginning (page 3)

   Down and down he spiralled yet again as once more he started pumping frantically to gain some sort of control, hoping beyond hope to remain aloft and avoid the collision that had only been delayed at the Silbido pass. It was not to be. Luck had already laid her hand on the Eaglet that day and unfortunately there was no more available.
  Canana crashed into the solid ground with a sickening thud. A jolt of excruciating pain surged through his whole body, causing him to scream out in agony. As he lay there, his entire body seemed to be crying out with suffering and anguish. But he was alive and for that he could at least be thankful.
 As he lay among the rocks, his broken body screaming its painful torment, his mind was telling him to find some form of warmth and shelter, out of this crippling cold and more importantly, away from any predator that may be skulking around. Twice he attempted to stand, and twice he fell, both falls sending fresh waves of agony through his already tortured frame. Fighting off pain and an enfolding sense of darkness, Canana attempted to stand for the third time and succeeded only in toppling over a small embankment.

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Eagle and Dove - Of the Eagle & Dove

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animated eaglePart 4:  Of the Eagle & Dove


Chapter 1:  Ballad of the Eagle & Dove

Mystical valley, how still you now lie
Your river runs deep, with the tears you have cried.
What beauty and sadness lies buried within
Magical valley - what songs can you sing.


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Eagle and Dove - The Beginning:

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Realising that this was maybe not exactly the best way to go about things, she softened her mood.
  "Look, I know that at this moment you are both hungry and worried, but this is no reason to be so angry and impatient. Your feathers have not even developed enough yet to keep you warm outside the nest. You are my brother, and I love you too much to allow you to attempt this foolishness."
  "At least I must thank you for those few kind words," he replied, "but it will take more than a few words to stop me now."
As Canana finished his message, he once more hopped towards the eyrie edge. With a final look of defiance, and just maybe a little fear, he spread his wings to their full width, leaped from the nest and took to the air.
  Sabino screamed and in desperation threw herself to the sedge of their nest to try and prevent his leap. Alas, it was too late.
  As she reached the eyries edge, she saw her brother plummeting down the mountain side, his wings flapping wildly in a futile attempt to gain control. But Sabino realised that it was a futile attempt. Canana had been caught by a treacherous down draught over which he had no control, and it was bearing him ever further down the mountain and away from the nest.
  Sabino looked down in desolation, her eyes taking on a misty hue, as if tears would like to form. She had lost sight of Canana, and knew he would never be able to control his descent. He would be smashed against the mountain wall, or end up a broken mess of feather and blood on the valley floor. Whatever his end, she knew her brother was gone forever.

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Eagle and Dove - Of those that will be free


PART 1. Of Those that will be free

Chapter 1: Ballad of the Gypsies


Old Gypsy song usually sung with background music of violins and flutes. 

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